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Grade 10 girls get a “taste of electronics 2004” at Camosun College

 

Local Grade 10 girls discovered what it takes to be an Electronics Engineering Technologist after they spent a day creating electronic jewelry at Camosun College’s third annual “A Taste of Electronics” event, on Thursday, November 25. The participants were hugely enthusiastic and the day was a great success. Electronics faculty hope the event will have a positive effect on female enrolment.

“The number of female students in post-secondary technology programs continues to be dismally low, despite the fact that electronics engineering and computer engineering make excellent careers for both women and men,” said Joyce Mills, one of the electronics engineering instructors at Camosun College and one of the few in her field. “Technologists have fantastic job prospects. For students who want to go further, our technology programs bridge directly to the third year of engineering at the University of Victoria.”

Twenty Grade 10 girls from the Greater Victoria, Saanich, Sooke and Gulf Islands school districts attended the learning event, sponsored by Camosun College, Queale’s Electronics and FEAT (Foundation for Education and Advancement in Technology). They spent the day soldering and programming an electronic brooch to take home. The participants realized new capabilities and learned a little about electronics technology at the same time.

“We want to take the mystery out of what it means to be an electronics technologist,” suggested Mills. “The word ‘technology’ may mean something else in high school, like drafting, welding or auto mechanics. At the college level, technology means something else entirely. A technologist is a graduate of an academically intensive two and a half year program that covers skills in electronics hardware and software.”

Hopefully the girls that took part will elect to study senior Principles of Math and Physics courses in high school, in order to keep high technology options open to them. Course planning for senior courses begins in Grade 10.

“The future job prospects for technologists and engineers are extensive and there’s lots of room for females who have an interest in math and science,” Mills pointed out. “Technologists work in a variety of areas including microcontroller design, robotic systems and wireless communications.”

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